The global landscape changes every year, but 2020 had been something many of us would rather forget. Regardless of the year’s events as individuals, the year in search released by Google often reminds us of major events — these may have become a distant memory and 2020 is no exception to that.

Clearly, COVID-19 in many forms dominates the headlines of 2020 — Infections, deaths and the terrifying rise of both statistics across the globe. But this extended further with huge numbers of people searching for where to buy, DIY and how to make mask patterns, hand sanitizer, toilet paper and even a ventilator!

The world saw a tremendous loss in multiple public figures who’ve influenced people, inspired and entertained. The mixture of names lost in 2020 will undoubtedly bring fond memories to many while also reminding you of the loss. The list of most searched public figures lost in 2020 is scattered with names across all areas mentioned including Kobe Bryant, Chadwick Boseman, George Floyd, Kenny Rogers and 007 himself, Sean Connery.

In Australia though, we started with scorching heat and devastating bushfires through multiple states. In some areas, the recovery had barely begun due to the huge impact these had. But this led to innovation from Google in the Fires near me search being implemented, offering information for the safety of the community.

Aussies also showed their interest in overseas events by making the US Elections search the leading result in news, overall searches and public figures with — another count he won — Joe Biden leading the way. The broad interests of the Australian public really shone through when looking closer at some of the leading searches for the year across politics, sports, technology and general public events. If you’re curious to take a deeper dive into the data released by Google and take a wander down memory lane, check out the Google Blog post.

What are your 2020 highlights that you’ll hang onto moving forward?